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Secretary General: GUAM's aim to promote resolutions on protracted conflicts in UN

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 16 February 2010 11:41 (UTC +04:00)
The aim of GUAM is to promote the resolutions on protracted conflicts in the UN, Secretary General of Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM Mr. Valeri Chechelashvili said.
Secretary General: GUAM's aim to promote resolutions on protracted conflicts in UN

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 16 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /

The aim of GUAM is to promote the resolutions on protracted conflicts in the UN, Secretary General of Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM Mr. Valeri Chechelashvili said.

"Our main goal is a joint promotion of the resolutions on protracted conflicts in the GUAM countries' territory, including the Nagorno-Karabakh," he told Trend in Baku. "The issue has already been included in the UN General Assembly's agenda and we are actively working to attract new allies."

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

"Our aim is clear and understandable, and based on general principles of international law. Certainly at the time when we are confident that the vast majority of countries in the UN support us, we will put forward a resolution to for voting," he said.

Meanwhile, according to him, the organization is working with countries and groups of member countries.

"Each of our member countries has specific partnership relations with individual states and all our members involved in these issues on their directions," he said.

Four post-Soviet republics; Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova, established the GUAM format in 1997 during a summit of presidents of European Union countries in Strasburg. In 1999, Uzbekistan joined this format, but after 4 years, quitted. In 2006, the first summit of this format in Kiev decided to declare GUAM an international organization with a new name: "Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM".

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